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User reviews: Mixed (35 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 21, 2012

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Donner Pass: Southern Pacific puts you to the test on this world-famous railroad where engineers deal with steep grades, tight curves and seriously heavy trains as part of a day’s work. With more than 140 miles of track between Roseville and Reno and the dramatic Sierra Nevada landscape of the Donner Pass itself, there are hours of pleasure to be had driving through this incredible part of North America.

The first railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains was opened by the Central Pacific Railroad way back in the 1860s, the culmination of a significant engineering challenge with a combination of tunnel-building and tough weather high in the mountains causing numerous problems for the Chief Engineer and his team. The line has changed ownership over the years, and different operators have chopped and changed the track layout and tunnel system in the Donner Pass region in order to keep maintenance costs manageable whilst keeping the railroad operational throughout the seasons.

Donner Pass: Southern Pacific puts you at the controls of Southern Pacific diesels in the early-1990s, taking trains between Roseville, California and Reno, Nevada through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and high up through the incredible 7,000-foot Donner Pass. The trains are heavy, the railroad is tough and the scenery is awesome. So, start the motor, you have some real challenges ahead...


  • 140+ mile railroad line between Roseville Yard, California and Reno, Nevada including the world-famous Donner Pass.
  • 12 scenarios
  • 5 diesel locomotives in early 1990s-era Southern Pacific livery:
  • SW1500 Diesel Switcher
  • GP9 Diesel Locomotive
  • SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive
  • SD40T-2 Diesel Locomotive ('Tunnel Motor')
  • C44-9W Diesel Locomotive

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 17
Fun, sometimes boring, big mountains, gets lag sometimes, in other words, it might not look good, soi recommend u get this DLC On sale
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 23
I love this game TS 2015 its magic if you like trains as i do, at 67 years old i have touched Mallard in Doncaster station also the fully streamlined in Blue with 3 white stripes at the front was DELTA also at Doncater station. i was very Lucky in those days to be able to go Train Sptting with my little book with all names of trains and numbers of all trains in the UK.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 2
Very nice route for TS2015. Especialy if your a fan the Southern Pacfic.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 10
To be honest, this route is very hard for me to reccomend.
-Lots of engines. The variety of SP engines is wonderful, you can do a lot with what you're given, and if you need more, more is provided as additional DLC.
-The route is highly detailed. It does look and feel like the sierra nevadas.
-Large yards at both ends of the route allow for lots of switching.
-Has a good presence on the Steam Workshop.
-maintaining low speeds is a really good challenge on the mainline
-This route is very buggy. Aside from some scenarios not working properly (I once got an "invalid consist" glitch after spending a good 90 minutes on a career scenario), along with this, I've come across a few invisible buildings, and many signals along the route, for me anyways, have invisible stands, that cause the signals to float midair, which can be really distracting and immersion ruining, which is essential for a route like this because...
-scenarios are really really long. There are very few towns along the route, and with the exception of Sparks and Reno, they are all very spread apart. Due to this, the scenarios included take very long to complete, and are actually kinda boring after a while.
-this route is NOT beginner friendly. at all. I still have no idea why this was included in the TS2014 package, but this route is really really bad for people new to train simulator. Because of the sheer length of the route, how long scenarios are, and how difficult it is to manage consists going up and down really rough slopes, this route is incredibly difficult to get the hang of without prior experience. Plus, the low speeds will get incredibly boring for new players.
-Honestly, not a fan of the overall look of this route. Its really really brown, IMO. It doesn't look unrealistic, its just not a very pretty route.
-There is almost no change in scenery at all. Its literally all just big brown mountains. There is no variety at all with this route, you start in the mountains, you end in the mountains. This may seem like not that big of a deal, but trust me, after staring at mountains for hours at a time, you'll beg for something different.

Despite all this, I would reccomend this route for one thing. The Southern Pacific Engines are pretty good, and if you want to run them as unpatched locomotives on any UP route, you'll have everything you need. Unless this really appeals to you, I would not reccomend this route to you. I would CERTAINLY not reccomend it if you're not already an avid North American Freight RailSimmer, are new to Train Simulator, or this is the first time you've ever heard of "Southern Pacifc".
If you do want to get into North American Freight, I would direct you to lots of other routes, mainly Marias Pass, but unless you're really into SP, you should buy something else.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 26
Career scenarios totally broken, cannot finish one scenario on time. Via careful calculations, even if you drive at max line speed throughout, you still can't make the checkpoints on time, by a large margin.

This is a totally unplayable DLC, all other pros people say are irrelevant. What is the points for all those pros when I lost the will to play after the first hour? A cruel and punishing route that destroys your patience and self confidence.
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